Barrie Bates
Personal information
Born (1969-10-17) 17 October 1969 (age 52)
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Home townBedlinog, Taff Bargoed Valley, Wales
Darts information
Playing darts since1997
Walk-on music"House of Fun" by Madness
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipQuarter Final: 2009
World MatchplayLast 16: 2007
World Grand PrixQuarter Final: 2010
UK OpenRunner-up: 2006
Grand SlamGroup Stage: 2007, 2011–2012
Ch'ship LeagueInitial groups, Semi-finals 2008
Desert ClassicLast 16: 2006
US Open/WSoDLast 16: 2007
Players Ch'ship FinalsLast 32: 2011
Other tournament wins
Le Skratch Montreal Open 2006
PDC Eastbourne Open 2006

Players Championships

Players Championship (CRA) 2010
Players Championship (HOL) 2006

Barrie Bates (born 17 October 1969) is a former Welsh darts player who played on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) circuit. His original nickname was Batesy, but since 2007, he was known as Champagne.


Bates made his PDC televised debut at the 2003 UK Open reaching the third round. In 2005 he narrowly lost a last-32 match to Lionel Sams at the UK Open and made a superb run to the final in 2006 before losing to Raymond van Barneveld.

He made a great impression on the circuit in 2006, winning the John Smiths Singles in February and May's Le Skratch Sarantos Retsinas Memorial event in Montreal. He also reached two Regional Finals of the UK Open in March (losing to Chris Mason and to van Barneveld in November. He reached two PDPA Players Championship finals in 2006 losing to Colin Lloyd in the Isle of Wight in June, but beat Phil Taylor to take his biggest title to date in the Netherlands event in November.

His success at events away from the television cameras during 2006 helped him to win the award of "Best Floor Player" at the first PDC Awards Dinner. It refers to the non-televised events which feature many boards alongside each other on a smaller arena floor.

He made his World Championship debut in 2007 as the number 17 seed but suffered a surprise first-round defeat to Canadian Brian Cyr. In the 2008 World Championship, Bates got to the third round only to lose to Kirk Shepherd. In the 2009 tournament, Bates defeated Northern Ireland's Felix McBrearty and American Bill Davis to reach the third round again, this time meeting Mark Dudbridge, winning 4–0 with checkout percentage of 60% to reach the quarter finals for the very first time. He lost in the quarters, however, falling to twelfth seed Mervyn King by five sets to two.

In 2010, he represented Wales in the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts alongside Mark Webster, where despite losing all seven singles in which he competed in, he and Webster reached the final, after defeating New Zealand, Spain, Scotland and Australia (thanks to Bates' 116 checkout in the sudden death leg), before losing to the Netherlands pairing of Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé.

In January 2019, after several years struggling with injury and playing his darts on the PDC Challenge Tour, Bates won back his PDC Tour Card for the first time since 2012. He squeezed into the top eleven of the UK Q-School Order of Merit to seal a two-year Tour Card.[1][2]


Since July 12 he has not participated in any darts event.

World Championship results


Career statistics

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Prel.) Preliminary round; (DNQ) Did not qualify; (DNP) Did not participate; (NH) Not held

Performance timeline

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
PDC World Championship DNQ 1R 3R QF 2R 1R DNQ
World Matchplay DNQ 1R 2R DNQ 1R DNQ
World Grand Prix DNQ 1R 1R DNQ QF DNQ
UK Open 3R 3R 5R F 4R 4R 3R 3R 1R DNQ 3R DNQ 1R 2R
Grand Slam of Darts Not held RR DNQ RR RR DNQ
European Championship Not held DNQ 2R DNQ
Players Championship Finals Not held DNQ 1R DNQ
Non-major televised events
PDC World Cup of Darts Not held F NH DNP
Past major events
Las Vegas Desert Classic DNQ 2R DNQ 1R DNQ Not held
International Darts League DNP RR Not held
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 83 83 64 17 12 22 36 31 65 109 143 168 144 178 142 169 170

PDC major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2006 UK Open Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 7–13 (l)

PDC team finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team Teammate Opponents in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2010 World Cup of Darts  Wales Mark Webster  Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé 2–4 (p)
  1. ^ a b (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets, (p) = score in points.


  1. ^ "Barrie Bates Player Profile". Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Our Players | Barrie Bates | Red Dragon Darts". Retrieved 1 May 2021.